In 2017 I began integrating a beautiful collection of French Textile Samples (1863) found over at The Public Domain Review into my animations.
The looped animations were then absorbed into a oulipian collaboration with l’Ao for a Multilingual Poetry Reading curated by Tansy Xiao. The project premiered at the Brooklyn Art Library 28 Frost St Brooklyn, New York on June 29th, 2018. Documentation of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-JMeKEcrog&t=29s
“The language with which I make my poems has nothing to do with one spoken here, or anywhere.” — Paul Celan
Multilingual Poetry Reading is a series of poetry reading and performance events that encourage varying interpretations of the same poems in different languages and disciplines. Special thanks to our host Brooklyn Art Library, a crowd-sourced library that features 40,609 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries. Event Organizer: Raincoat Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting artists with fluid identities and multiple cultural backgrounds. Poems include Jorge Luis Borges, Marina Tsvetaeva, Paul Celan, Vasko Popa, Charles Pierre Baudelaire.
Sneak peek of a new film collaboration with the brilliant sound artist, S Xiren Wang and commissioned by the videoartphile Leo Kuelbs Collection for a forthcoming Digital Fairytales Program curated by Leo Kuelbs and Wing Lu with Able Sun. The film is based on the ancient Chinese folktale, Cowherder and Weaver Girl. Here, I reinterpret the tale as a contemporary allegory told in the age of migration. The two star-crossed bodies, with the help of a flock of magpies, work to deconstruct the wall between land and sky and build a bridge to unite their worlds.
Using archival Weather Bureau footage of cloud formations, and stop motion along with hand drawn elements, this short animation tells a brief history of the nineteenth century introduction of the Australian Eucalyptus tree to California. The Eucalypt was thought to be messianic with promises of improved weather, a renewed lumber industry, fever-reducing properties and iconic beauty second only to the great Redwood. The Eucalyptus would fail to meet nearly every demand placed upon it and in the twentieth century, Californians would grow to despise the tree and think of it merely as the world’s largest and messiest weed.
Premiered at Teeny-Cine at Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento